An Instinct for Giving Back
by Susan Tomases
Taylor Patten ’07 is spunky, cheerful, and positive—especially when she reflects on her Landmark High School experience. She stands out in a crowd and not just because she tastefully wears bright and energetic shades that most of us are too afraid to don. Her signature look reflects Taylor’s personality, inside and out.
Taylor’s Landmark journey began when she attended a two-week summer study skills class, Skills+, and then started the next academic year as a sophomore. She recalls taking advantage of every opportunity to get the most out of her experience. When asked what advice she would give to our current students, without hesitation she confidently suggests they do the same. “Take risks, try something new—you’ll learn about yourself when you are out of your comfort zone, but you’re in a safe place so go for it!”
Performing on Stages Small and Large
At Landmark, Taylor instantly took to the performing arts and sang in the chorus, where she served as vice president and president her junior and senior years, respectively. A highlight was singing the national anthem prior to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. “I will never forget that moment,” she recalls. She also danced, was captain of the troupe, and participated in three spring musicals.
Senior year brought all of the joys and occasional sorrows of preparing to leave a school that meant so much to Taylor and her family. As she puts it, “I hopped the fence” and attended Endicott College, her first-choice school. She thrived there, majoring in Hospitality Management and was inducted into Eta Sigma Delta, the Hospitality Honors Society.
A Natural People Person
Taylor has used what she learned at Landmark and Endicott in the fundraising field, applying her people and organizational skills to jobs at Landmark, Pingree School, and in her current job at The Governor’s Academy. As a volunteer she serves on both Landmark and Endicott’s Alumni Council. Taylor is also the Class Agent for her Landmark Class of 2007. Her role is to engage fellow alumni to generate support and volunteerism, and she does it capably and enthusiastically.
Taylor is indeed a uniquely devoted alumna, instinctively giving back without being asked. We welcome her with open arms and great appreciation for her contributions—bright colors and all.
Article originally published in The Lantern, Fall/Winter 2017-2018